Gertrude Cramer

ROYAL OAK, Mich. – Gertrude Cramer, 85, of Royal Oak, passed away Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak.

She was born in Laurium Sept. 19, 1927, a daughter of Ilmari and Jenny (Johnson) Kahkonen and graduated from Calumet High School.

Gertrude was united in marriage to Cecil Cramer in 1947 and the couple resided in the Royal Oak area. Gertrude worked for Flexible Products in Auburn Hills for 31 years, retiring in 1993.

Preceding her in death were her parents; a daughter, Doris; six sisters, Dorothy Weiss, Martha Mattson, Margaret Sines, Elsie Kaurala, Lorraine Harry and Ruth Kahkonen; three brothers, Carl, Roy and Robert Kahkonen.

Suviving are two sons, Larry and Dennis Cramer, both of Royal Oak; two daughters, Diane (Jim) Skowronek of Sterling Heights, Donna (Jim) Cramer-Posey of Traverse City; 11 grandchildren, Eric and Nick Dentry, Brandon & Leanne Lawrence Adams, Drew Cramer, Shane and Jenny Oesterling, Nyle and Cory Skowronek, and Milton and Julia Marentette; one brother, Raymond Kahkonen of Calumet; nephews, David (Janet) Kaurala, Eugene Kahkonen; nieces, cousins and also her Tabby-cat, “Orangie”; close friends, Wesley Wood, Kim Young and Kelly Jiacabone.

She will be truly missed by all those who knew her, a Finn to the end and very proud of her heritage.

Funeral services for Mrs. Cramer will be held in the spring and will be announced by the Peterson Funeral Home in Calumet. Burial will be in the Lake View Cemetery in Calumet.

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